Simple Definition of ambition
: a particular goal or aim : something that a person hopes to do or achieve
: a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous
: a desire to do things and be active
Full Definition of ambition
1 a : an ardent desire for rank, fame, or power b : desire to achieve a particular end
2 : the object of ambition <her ambition is to start her own business>
3 : a desire for activity or exertion <felt sick and had no ambition>
ambitionlessplay \-ləs\ adjective
Examples of ambition in a sentence
My first ambition as a child was to be in the circus.
He lacked ambition and couldn't compete with the others.
Origin and Etymology of ambition
Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin ambition-, ambitio, literally, act of soliciting for votes, from ambire
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of ambition
Definition of ambition
: to have as one's ambition : desire
First Known Use of ambition
Rhymes with ambition
addition, admission, attrition, audition, beautician, clinician, cognition, coition, commission, condition, contrition, demission, dentition, dismission, Domitian, edition, emission, ethician, fruition, ignition, Kittitian, lenition, logician, magician, Mauritian, monition, mortician, munition, musician, nutrition, omission, optician, partition, patrician, perdition, permission, petition, Phoenician, physician, Politian, position, punition, remission, rendition, sedition, submission, suspicion, tactician, technician, tradition, transition, transmission, tuition, volition
AMBITION Defined for Kids
Definition of ambition for Students
1 : a desire for success, honor, or power
2 : something a person hopes to do or achieve <My ambition is to become a jet pilot.>
3 : the drive to do things and be active <I'm tired and have no ambition.>
History for ambition
Like the candidates of today, some men ran for public office in ancient Rome by going around and asking people to vote for them. The Latin word for this practice, ambitio, came from a verb meaning “to go around.” Since looking for votes showed “a desire for power or honor,” the Latin word took on that meaning. The English word ambition came from the Latin word.
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